Definition of cobweb in English:
- Sure enough, there it was, nestled in a corner along with a cluster of dusty cobwebs and long deceased spiders.
- Yes, I know that archives exist, but archives are invariably dusty, filled with cobwebs and virtually uninhabited.
- The house was dusty and cobwebs lined the walls.
- He paints figures in alien grays, faces piled one on top of another, and delicate cobwebs of oil paint suggesting we don't know what.
- I strip away cobwebs of fascia obscuring the anatomical structures.
- At this time of year you have them almost to yourself, and the grey winter light somehow suits the stone cobwebs of broken arches and stranded pinnacles.
- blow (or clear) away the cobwebs
- Banish a state of lethargy; refresh oneself: a brisk walk along the towpath might blow away the cobwebsMore example sentences
- 2003 is upon us and the community is clearing away the cobwebs.
- It is still a tad cold, as evidenced by my pink cheeks but it felt good to get out there and let the fresh air clear away the cobwebs.
- However, once they came back the players had cleared away the cobwebs and went on to take the match 3-6 6-4 6-4.
- Example sentences
- With its dark rooms, cobwebbed walls and creaking floors, the former magistrate's court is not really much to look at.
- Shuddering violently, I grabbed Josh by both shoulders, and turned him around facing the cobwebbed skeleton.
- I paid scarce attention to them as the movie began in earnest, showing a cobwebbed crypt, bathed in silvery moonlight.
- cobwebby adjective
- Example sentences
- Does the creator of these twisted tales inhabit dank, cobwebby rooms with dusty velvet curtains and candles everywhere?
- It seems to flaunt a certain tatty extravagance, like worn plush furnishings in a cobwebby drawing room.
- They crouched in the cobwebby corner behind a pile of boxes.
Middle English coppeweb, copweb, from obsolete coppe 'spider' + web.
An old word for a spider was a coppe or cop. This was a shortened form of the Old English attercop, for spider and literally meaning ‘poison head’, which turns up in a song sung by Bilbo Baggins in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937). A spider's web came to be called a coppeweb or copweb, and this was later modified to cobweb.
- US English dictionary
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